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Robert Emslie June 26, 2013 Craigslist Crapshoot 112 Comments

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. Personal Coupes were the order of the day last week, and the task at hand was to find those that also needed their transmissions shifted personally. We’ll see the coupe de grâce after the jump, but first we have some business to attend to regarding this week’s assignment.

They say that when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade. I say when confronted by the automotive equivalent of a yellow citrus fruit, go racing! That’s why this week I want you to find 24 hewers d’ LeMons contenders. You know the rules, they need to be net-$500 cars or trucks, and they need to be competitive, either in track time or their ability to provide the foundation for a theme.

And as usual, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at tips@hooniverse.com and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link
Craigslist Crapshoot doesn’t work if your candidates don’t get seen, so hopefully following one of these options will ensure that the floodgates of crap are fully open. And now, let’s get personal.
I’ll bet your significant other or other family members gave you a funny look last week when you told them you were looking at the online personals ads. Of course you weren’t looking for a SWF but instead something with two doors and a stick shift.
Many of those were found, a lot more than I expected in fact. And while not e-Harmonious, a lot were ones that most of us wouldn’t mind meeting on a blind date.  The coolest one however, at least for me, was the 1977 Olds Cutlass found by salguod. This bad boy is said to be all-original and rocks both the ‘economy’ 260 V8 and – this was ’77 remember – a factory 5-speed transmission, making it the odd Colonnade without a column shifter. It may not be a Rocket, but seeing as it’s rarer than a chicken’s second molar, it wins the week. Congrats salguod!
1977 Olds Cutlass
Image source: Columbus Craigslist